Northern Highlands Chapter, Milepost 217-275
The Northern Highlands chapter was formed in January 2010 and covers MP 217 -270 in the areas of Northwestern North Carolina, including Sparta, Wilkesboro, Laurel Springs, and West Jefferson.
Area of Service: Doughton Park, Brinegar Cabin, Cumberland Knob, E.B. Jeffress Park, Trails, Overlooks, Cemeteries, Participation at local events and festivals, and more!
If you’re interested in getting involved with the Northern Highlands Chapter, please contact Jennifer_Snyder@FriendsBRP.org or NorthernHighlands@FriendsBRP.org or 1.800.228.PARK (7275)
The Northern Highlands Chapter helps to preserve, promote and enhance the Blue Ridge Parkwau as it winds through the Highlands District of northwestern North Carolina. With 16-18 million travelers enjoying the Blue Ridge Parkway each year, the Parkway continues to be impacted by deeper and deeper funding and staff reductions. As this valuable historic, cultural, economic and spiritual resource is more and more threatened, volunteering through FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway become more and more important. Join us on the Parkway!
The Chapter cares for trails, overlooks, campgrounds and picnic areas from the North Carolina and Virginia border on the north down to about Deep Gap on the south. Working
in partnership with National Park Service staff, Chapter members adopt, maintain and restore trails and care for scenic overlooks within our portion of the Parkway.
The Chapter welcomes, values and needs the participation of adult volunteers. The Chapter also focuses on recruiting and inspiring young people to serve as Youth Volunteers in Parks (YVIPs) so these young people will develop a deep and lasting appreciation for our national parks. In addition, the Chapter raises funds to provide resources for Junior Ranger nature programs and other interpretive events led by Rangers.
The Northern Highlands Chapter is most active on the Parkway from March to October. Scheduled workdays are announced via email, with dates, times, locations and other
details included. Snacks are often provided! The Chapter’s efforts are managed by a leadership team responsible for planning and coordinating efforts behind-the-scenes.
Additional leaders are always welcome!